|Breaking down Bruins’ moves from Friday||06.27.15 at 8:36 am ET|
SUNRISE, Fla. — The Bruins did a lot on Friday. It’s obvious that the moves as a whole represent a horrid day for new general manager Don Sweeney, but at least one of them made sense in a vacuum.
As such, here’s an attempt to break down each of the individual moves made by the Bruins:
Bruins trade Dougie Hamilton to Flames for picks No. 15, 45 and 52
One-word summary: Unforgivable.
The Hamilton fiasco represents really two lapses on the part of Don Sweeney.
First is the struggle to sign the team’s most important young player to a second deal. He asked for a lot of money because the best young defensemen in the league make a lot of money on their second deals. The Bruins’ unwillingness to pay it does not bode well for the future.
Consider this: David Pastrnak has two more years left on his entry-level deal. Guess who represents him? The same guy they just swung and missed with in J.P. Barry. This group can only hope it has better a better feel for re-signing youngsters by then.
The second part of it is the trade itself. Hamilton was one of the very best chips Sweeney had, and one that should have been kept at nearly all costs. Instead, he was flipped for the 15th overall pick and two second-rounders.
At the very, very least, the Bruins should have been able to get at least another first-round pick or a top prospect from a team in exchange for the already established Hamilton. This was the kind of move that can set a franchise back.
|Milan Lucic unsure of future, has Canucks on list of teams to which he’d accept trade||06.26.15 at 12:54 pm ET|
With the draft hours away and speculation — perhaps most of which is incorrect – growing at its typical rate, the 27-year-old is unsure of whether he will be dealt. The sides have not been in touch, so Lucic does not know the team’s intentions.
Lucic has submitted a list of 15 teams to which he would accept a trade, as requested by Don Sweeney, though the general manager noted Thursday that he has gotten lists from every Bruins player with a partial no-trade. That group consists of Lucic, Loui Eriksson, Brad Marchand and Chris Kelly.
Lucic confirmed to WEEI.com Friday that the Canucks are on his list of acceptable teams, as first reported by Dhiren Mahiban of the Canadian Press. Lucic grew up in Vancouver and played both minor and junior hockey in the area, most notably starring for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League from 2005 to 2007.
Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reported Friday that the Sharks, Kings and Ducks are also on Lucic’s list. The other 11 teams are unknown.
Lucic is entering the final year of a three-year contract that commands a $6 million cap hit. Because of Boston’s desire for cap flexibility and uncertainty as to what Lucic might command on his next deal, Lucic could be a trade candidate.
Sweeney said last month that he intended to get a feel for Lucic’s contract demands before deciding how to proceed. It is believed that Sweeney and Lucic’s agent have not had any contract talks of substance.
|Don Sweeney has lists from all Bruins with partial no-trade clauses; Loui Eriksson lost full-no trade when B’s missed playoffs||06.25.15 at 3:20 pm ET|
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Bruins general manager Don Sweeney doesn’t feel the need to make trades this weekend, but he’s more than prepared to.
Sweeney revealed during Thursday’s pre-draft availability that he has collected the proper lists from each Bruins player with a partial no-trade clause. Such lists, which vary in number of teams, reveal teams to which a player would accept a trade.
“Absolutely. I have every list,” Sweeney said.
Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly and Dennis Seidenberg are Boston’s players with no-trade clauses, with Lucic, Marchand, Kelly and Eriksson having lists. David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask have no-movement clauses for the foreseeable future, with Krejci’s and Rask’s statuses changing to no-trades over time.
Eriksson waived his no-trade clause to come to the Bruins from Dallas two years ago, but his no-trade was preserved in writing at the time, which means he still has his no-trade rights.
According to sources, Eriksson had a full no-trade, but when the Bruins missed the playoffs last season, it reverted to a 14-team list. Lucic has a 15-team list, while Kelly can approve a trade to up to eight teams. Seidenberg has a full no-trade until Dec. 30, 2016, after which it will become an eight-team list. Seidenberg has said that he would waive his no-trade clause to facilitate a deal if Boston tried moving him.
The size of Marchand’s list is currently unknown. Because he is 27, he will become qualified for no-trade rights on July 1, if that is indeed when they kick in. Players cannot have no-trade rights unless they are old enough (or have enough NHL service) to qualify for unrestricted free agency status. Marchand still has two more years on a cap friendly deal ($4.5 million cap hit), so the idea of him being traded would figure to be a moot point. Of the aforementioned group of players, he is the biggest no-brainer to keep.
At some point this offseason, the Bruins will turn to the trade market in an effort to clear salary cap space. The Bruins have $59,841,667 committed to 15 players for next season, with the upper limit of the salary cap set at $71.4 million this week. Boston still needs to sign restricted free agents Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Spooner and Brett Connolly to new contracts. Don Sweeney has also expressed an interesting in re-signing unrestricted free agent Adam McQuaid.
Sweeney said that he does not necessarily feel a need to swing his deals before the draft begins Friday.
“I think every situation is different,” Sweeney said. “You could look at getting past the draft and getting past free agency as teams say, ‘OK, well I missed that first wave; there will be another wave of player movement opportunity.’ I think just everybody is looking to explore whatever they can at this particular time because the opportunity presents itself on a bunch of different levels.”
|Don Sweeney wants to get feel for Milan Lucic’s contract demands before making decision||05.20.15 at 8:59 pm ET|
How the Bruins proceed with Milan Lucic will be high on the list of things that define the early going of Don Sweeney’s tenure as Bruins general manager. Sweeney is well aware.
Lucic, who turns 27 next month, has been a dominant player in seasons past. His numbers have been in decline for years, however, and he carries a $6 million cap hit entering the final year of a contract that allows him to pick 15 teams to which he’d accept a trade.
Speaking to WEEI.com Wednesday evening, Sweeney called Lucic a “foundational type player” but noted that the B’s will get a feel for Lucic’s future contract demands before proceeding. Trading Lucic would shed cap space, but the team might not get the return they’d have gotten for him in years past given that he is coming off a season in which he scored just 18 goals.
“The CBA at this point in time, you can’t argue with what’s in front of us and the challenges it may present,” Sweeney said. “[Lucic] is going into a contract year and free agency’s on the other side of it. We’re going to have to be out in front and have some early discussions and certainly get a temperature read as to how much he wants to be a part of the Boston Bruins‘ future going forward.
“We have to convey a similar thing and make a [decision]. Some of these decisions and conversations aren’t going to be easy. They’re not, but it was part of me as a player that I appreciated when coaches and people had conversations with you. You may not like all the stuff being said, but you can process it and move past it and understand that it’s part of it.”
With the exception of his improvement from a disastrous 2013 season, Lucic’s goals per 60 and points per 60 have dropped in each year since a career year in 2010-11 in which he scored 30 goals. Sweeney said he feels Lucic can still be the impact player that he’s been in the past.
“He has a presence about him,” Sweeney said. “It might not have been his finest year, but there are moments where you realize, ‘Wow. This guy is a unique player.’ We’re going to have to have discussions along those lines.”
|Milan Lucic says Don Sweeney a ‘great’ hire for Bruins||at 1:18 pm ET|
Milan Lucic‘s future is now in Don Sweeney’s hands. Reached for comment upon the team’s hire of Sweeney, Lucic expressed excitement for the new GM.
“I think it’s great,” Lucic said of the hire. “He’s been around the organization for a while and [I] think he’ll do a great job.”
Lucic is entering the final year of a three-year, $18 million contract. Sweeney and the B’s could either try to extend the player, trade him or go into the season with him unsigned, a rare practice in the days of former GM Peter Chiarelli.
Lucic has a partial no-trade clause that allows him to submit a list of 15 teams to which he would accept a deal.
Speaking to WEEI.com on Monday, Lucic declined to share whether he would take a hometown discount to remain with the Bruins.
“We’ll see what happens,” Lucic said Monday. “We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
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|Milan Lucic on potential hometown discount: ‘We’ll have to wait and see’||05.18.15 at 7:24 pm ET|
Entering the final year of his contract, Milan Lucic doesn’t know which general manager will sign him next, whether that’s in Boston or elsewhere. As he and his teammates await the team’s hiring of Peter Chiarelli’s successor, Lucic’s future with the Bruins remains unclear.
Lucic is entering the final year of a three-year, $18 million deal that commands an annual salary cap hit of $6 million. He has a modified no-trade clause that allows him to submit a list of 15 teams to which he would accept a trade.
Asked Monday whether he would take a hometown discount to remain with the Bruins, Lucic was non-committal.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Lucic has stated multiple times that he wants to stay with the Bruins.
“For myself, personally, I just want to be back and stay in Boston,” Lucic said at the conclusion of the Bruins’ season on April 11 in Tampa. You love the team, you love the city, you love the organization and you hope that things stay the same as much as they can.”
More to come on Lucic.
As far as Boston athletes go, there might not be a more devout sports fan than Milan Lucic. As such, it wasn’t totally ridiculous that he fielded questions about Deflategate Monday night at Rob Ninkovich‘s celebrity ping pong tournament.
Lucic responded by noting the Patriots’ second-half success in the game in which they were caught and saying that Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time regardless of what comes of the ongoing process.
“It’s funny,” Lucic said. “I mean, a lot of fans outside, they obviously don’t like the teams that win a lot. In New England, we’ve been spoiled here with a lot of championships, especially since 2001-02.
“As far as Deflategate goes, personally I don’t even know what a fully pumped-up football is supposed to feel like, so I can’t comment on much, but at the end of the day, if you look at it as a whole, they scored most of their points in [the AFC Championship] in the second half, so say what you want. In my mind [we’re still talking about] still one of, if not the best quarterback of all time, one of the best franchises in football history.
Added Lucic: “Like I said, a lot of fans on the outside world, they don’t like the teams that win a lot. It’s just the nature of the sport and we’re OK with that as athletes. We all love to win and we love to win for our fans and our city. We’re proud doing it.”
Check back soon for Lucic’s thoughts on hockey-related matters.